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Professor Jamie Lau '09, Anthony Willis, and Adelyn Curran '22 Duke Law's Clemency Project wins a sentence commutation for a man sentenced as a youth to life in prison

Anthony Willis, a North Carolina man sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile was released from prison after Duke Law student Adelyn Curran ’22, working with Clinical Professor Jamie Lau ’09, successfully petitioned the governor for a commutation.

Gov. Roy Cooper on March 10 issued grants of executive clemency for Willis, April Barber, and Joshua McKay, all of whom were sentenced to 20 or more years for crimes committed as juveniles. Curran, a member of Duke Law’s pro bono NC Clemency Project, prepared the materials for Willis’s clemency petition. Willis received a sentence of life in prison without parole in 1997 for killing a Fayetteville store owner when he was 16. His release on March 24 was the fifth release of clients taken on by students in the pro bono initiative, launched by Lau in January 2020 to identify people who have served a substantial amount of their sentence and whose demonstrable rehabilitation and lack of infractions in prison qualify them for clemency. Read more here

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Gen. Phil Breedlove delivers leadership speech at 27th LENS Conference

Gen. Phil Breedlove, USAF (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO) delivered the conference leadership speech at the 27th Annual National Security Law Conference Feb. 25-26. The conference is hosted annually by Duke Law's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security.

Deciphering the Arguments in NYSRPA v. Bruen

At this Nov. 11 event, Joseph Blocher and Jake Charles of Duke Law's Center for Firearms Law host a discussion with Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center. The conversation focuses on takeaways from the Nov. 3 Supreme Court oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the first major Second Amendment case the Court will decide in a decade.

Lawyers & Leaders | Marc Elias '93

Dean Kerry Abrams speaks with Marc Elias '93, founder of Democracy Docket, chair of the political law group Perkins Coie in Washington, and one of the nation's foremost authorities on campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting law, and litigation, as part of the dean's Lawyers & Leaders series. 

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